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Old 08-15-2015, 12:17 AM   #21
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What that guy failed to mention, as I had stated, is that shoe is also easier to nail...due to the flat surface. You're gonna bend a lot less nails. Here's a couple more tips:

1) prime and paint the shoe before installing (putty the nails holes and touch up paint after installation).
2) drill pilot holes and start your nails beforehand, unless you're using a pneumatic nailer
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Old 08-17-2015, 11:30 AM   #22
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Will be doing my entire downstairs with both baseboard and shoe molding, probably crown molding in most rooms as well... thinking it's worth it to invest in a pneumatic nail gun.
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Yup I got the harbor freight special for 30$ and it's worked like a champ on so many applications, awesome time saver. So make sure to set PSI accordingly so you don't blow through the trim and wall :/
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yea, def get yourself a finish gun

working on your knees already sucks enough

I'm a tool snob and would tell you to get a Porter-cable though
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Old 08-18-2015, 10:42 AM   #25
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For all the cutting and trimming, it feels very satisfying to get through an area like this.

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Oh my. Great patience bc that's a lot of cutting.
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For all the cutting and trimming, it feels very satisfying to get through an area like this.

Dude, you are insane!
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This is why I can't afford to pay someone to do my floor...

Ran out of time last night, but hoping to get mortar mixed when I get home and actually get this room finished out tonight.

Next up is to figure out if I can move the island in my kitchen without destroying it...
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Got the rest of the tile for the breakfast room glued down last night. Now I get to pull out the island in the kitchen and finish scraping the floor.

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Looks great....wish I knew how to do that...I just dropped $10688.00 for my downstairs. ..I went with porcelain wood look tiles, from empire
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Looks great....wish I knew how to do that...I just dropped $10688.00 for my downstairs. ..I went with porcelain wood look tiles, from empire
Did you have any issues with empire? I heard they were hard to do business with, not sure how true that was.

In my last house I paid someone to come in and do the floors, tiles throughout the entire house, except the bed rooms. I had new Frieze, carpet installed it run me 3,300.00 for everything.

Weekend before last I did the tile in my boy's bathroom. It came out good, but it is tedious.

We are now contemplating re-doing the master bathroom and shower surround.
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Looks great....wish I knew how to do that...I just dropped $10688.00 for my downstairs. ..I went with porcelain wood look tiles, from empire
It's not technically difficult, and the only expensive specialty tool I have at the moment is the wet saw, and a setup like what I've got could probably be had under $400. I also use a triangle, straight edge, and square with a magic marker for layout and such.

This is basically the saw I've got, just without the table (which I wish I had). Blade was just replaced with a Bosch blade.

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Did you have any issues with empire? I heard they were hard to do business with, not sure how true that was.

In my last house I paid someone to come in and do the floors, tiles throughout the entire house, except the bed rooms. I had new Frieze, carpet installed it run me 3,300.00 for everything.

Weekend before last I did the tile in my boy's bathroom. It came out good, but it is tedious.

We are now contemplating re-doing the master bathroom and shower surround.

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It's not technically difficult, and the only expensive specialty tool I have at the moment is the wet saw, and a setup like what I've got could probably be had under $400. I also use a triangle, straight edge, and square with a magic marker for layout and such.

This is basically the saw I've got, just without the table (which I wish I had). Blade was just replaced with a Bosch blade.

I bought a nice one at HD like shown with saw and table (much reduced price) about 5 yrs ago for a project. I never wound up doing the job. All still sitting in the un-opened box.

One day, I should give it a try....
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It's really not difficult, unless you have a physical limitation with bending and being down on your hands and knees. My only issue is that it's time consuming with how I'm doing it. All my mortar is in 50# bags that I have to mix, which covers about 50 sq. ft. Between the mixing and clean up, I've probably got an hour-and-a-half, plus however much time it takes me to lay and space that much tile, it's usually about 3-4 hours total.

So if I get home from work at 5:30, change into my work clothes, eat dinner with family at 6 (rarely right on time)... I might get to start working on the floor by 6:30, which puts me done between 9:30-10:30 to take a shower and get to bed so I can be up at 5.

With all the cuts I've been making (because of the design I picked) it's been taking closer to 2 days for floor prep and tile cutting to get ready for mixing mortar. Because I now know my mix and clean up time, if I get done cutting by 8, I know that I'll be up until midnight if I decide to mix so I can keep working.
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It's really not difficult, unless you have a physical limitation with bending and being down on your hands and knees. My only issue is that it's time consuming with how I'm doing it. All my mortar is in 50# bags that I have to mix, which covers about 50 sq. ft. Between the mixing and clean up, I've probably got an hour-and-a-half, plus however much time it takes me to lay and space that much tile, it's usually about 3-4 hours total.

So if I get home from work at 5:30, change into my work clothes, eat dinner with family at 6 (rarely right on time)... I might get to start working on the floor by 6:30, which puts me done between 9:30-10:30 to take a shower and get to bed so I can be up at 5.

With all the cuts I've been making (because of the design I picked) it's been taking closer to 2 days for floor prep and tile cutting to get ready for mixing mortar. Because I now know my mix and clean up time, if I get done cutting by 8, I know that I'll be up until midnight if I decide to mix so I can keep working.
...I'm way too lazy for all that
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Haha, me too, which is why this is taking me so long
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We're going a couple of shades off-white, think it's called "silk", or "bone", or something stupid like that, but looks nearly white up against this tile. Even once it starts to get a little dirty it doesn't really look it until you have to scrub one section.
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Absolutely beautiful work Jae

Like 40Argent I wish you'd removed the base board but you got that covered now.

Defo get a nail gun, an 18guage if it's just trim you plan to shoot but spring for a 16g if doorframes are in your future

Again, love the tile layout
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